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Emergency dental care; 5 signs you need to see our general dentist at Glenside Dental

It is rarely a good start to a day when you wake up in the middle of the night with a toothache.

And while you may feel that your situation is unique, it isn’t - in fact, dental emergencies are so common that surgeries like ours have put appointments aside each day in order to see patients with emergency needs.

Depending on the cause of the emergency, our team may need one or more appointments to get the issue properly controlled, but at the initial appointment with us we will endeavour to get any dental discomfort you are having under control, allowing you to go about your day as you had planned.

At Glenside Dental, we are proud of the emergency services that our general dentist Glenside can offer. We will always aim to see you within the first 24 hours after the emergency has occurred and will treat you with a much needed bit of TLC when you come through the doors. We will aim to provide you with follow-up appointments and advice to prevent further emergencies from occurring again in the future if possible.

But what are some of the telltale signs that you need a same-day appointment with our general dentist Glenside?


If you have a persistent or sudden ache which is distracting you from working, sleeping or eating, then you need to see our general dentist Glenside for an assessment.

While the causes of dental discomfort are somewhat varied, consistent discomfort points to anything from a chipped tooth to an abscess, so it is best to book an appointment with us as soon as you can.


Swelling to the jawline, cheek or in the mouth needs to be seen promptly, as once again this could be indicative of an abscess or an impacted tooth.

Remember, swelling in the facial area does not have to be painful to warrant an emergency appointment and should be seen before it causes issues with breathing or eating.

Cracks or chips

Usually occurring in younger children or those who play sports, a cracked or chipped tooth needs to be fixed as soon as possible.

As bacteria can gain access to the pulp of the tooth via a crack, this can cause an abscess to form and as the treatment for a cracked or chipped tooth is a filling or crown, it is fairly obvious which option is more desirable!


A constant bleed from the mouth that does not resolve with gauze and pressure to the wound needs to be examined by our team.

Even if you have recently had an extraction, a bleed that fails to stem needs to be stitched or sutured to prevent extensive blood loss, so contact us urgently if you have a persistent bleed.

Lost fillings or crowns

Missing or loose restoratives need to be handled urgently to prevent further decay or infection, so as soon as you notice a lost filling or a wobbly crown, contact our emergency team immediately for same-day treatment. The quicker we get to see you, the faster you can get back to your normal day.


All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.


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